Jonathan Fox
Director, Tenants' Rights

Jonathan is Director of the Tenants’ Rights Unit, which represents low-income New York City tenants and strives to preserve safe and affordable housing for its clients by defending them in eviction cases and by asserting their rights affirmatively under tenant protection laws. Before becoming Director, Jonathan served as a Supervising Attorney for the TRU’s Brooklyn team. Prior to that, Jonathan was s Supervising Attorney in NYLAG’s Storm Response Unit representing Sandy-affected families in consumer-related legal matters, such as contractor fraud, mechanics liens, disaster-related tax issues, and in lawsuits filed against consumers by contractors. Before joining NYLAG, Jonathan worked at The Financial Clinic where he handled consumer law cases for low-income New Yorkers and survivors of domestic violence in the areas of foreclosure defense, debt collection defense, tax, and bankruptcy. At The Financial Clinic, he also created and facilitated interactive financial development and consumer law trainings and webinars and developed companion written materials for practitioners nationwide, including domestic violence advocates, housing counselors, and financial coaches. Prior to that, Jonathan worked as a staff attorney at the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Jonathan graduated from the University Connecticut School of Law with high honors and holds his B.A. from Columbia University.

Edward Campanelli
Associate Director, Tenants' Rights

Ed joined NYLAG as Associate Director of the Tenants’ Rights Unit to become part of a team of dedicated legal professionals who are aiding the City in implementing the right to counsel for tenants. Ed supervises TRU’s Queens team and helps guide new and recent law school graduates in becoming part of the next generation of attorneys providing NYC tenants with a fair shake at preserving their homes, keep their families stable, and averting homelessness. After graduating from CUNY School of Law, Ed started his legal career at the AIDS Center of Queens County representing indigent HIV-positive individuals in Housing Court, Family Court, and before various administrative tribunals. Immediately prior to NYLAG, Ed was a staff attorney at the community-based nonprofit Housing Works, Inc., where he focused almost exclusively on housing-related matters for clients. Ed earned his undergraduate degree from New York University.

Jessica Abreu
Paralegal, Tenants' Rights

Berlotte Antoine
Paralegal, Tenants' Rights

Cindy Matos Beltre
Paralegal, Tenants' Rights

Kathleen Brennan
Supervising Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Katie supervises TRU’s Brooklyn team of attorneys and paralegals who are dedicated to preventing vulnerable New Yorkers from being evicted from their homes and ensuring that landlords comply with the laws designed to protect New York City tenants. Prior to joining NYLAG Katie worked at The Legal Aid Society as a staff attorney in their housing law practice. Katie received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and her B.A. from Loyola University Maryland.

Justin Brown
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Justin represents low-income tenants facing eviction proceedings in Queens.  Justin previously worked in NYLAG’s Storm Response Unit, where he assisted clients with a range of issues including federal disaster benefits and consumer protection. Before joining NYLAG, Justin served as a Dean’s Fellow at the Feerick Center for Social Justice at Fordham Law School, where he helped administer free consumer debt clinics in conjunction with the Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office (CLARO), and advocated for stronger consumer protection practices in New York courts. Justin received his J.D. from Fordham Law School and his B.A. in History and “Philosophy, Politics and Law,” Phi Beta Kappa, from SUNY Binghamton.

Shanna L Butler
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights

At NYLAG in the Tenants’ Rights Unit, Shanna provides legal assistance to tenant’s facing eviction in nonpayment proceedings or holdover proceedings. Prior to joining NYLAG, Shanna worked at Nassau/Suffolk Law Services in the Landlord/Tenant Unit assisting attorneys on matters dealing with tenant eviction in nonpayment proceedings and holdover proceedings. Additionally, Shanna has some experience ranging from working in the Appellate Division to preparing case briefs on trademark law. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association. In addition to receiving outstanding awards and honors in law school, Shanna earned her Juris Doctorate from Touro Law Center as a Pro Bono Scholar. She also attended Stony Brook University; graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.

Amanda Carlin
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Sophie Crispin
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Itzel Delgado-Gonzalez
Paralegal, Tenants' Rights

Elliot Edwards
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Elliot is a Staff Attorney with the Tenants’ Rights Unit and provides direct representation to low-income clients facing eviction proceedings in Housing Court. Prior to joining TRU, Elliot worked at NYLAG’s Legal Clinic for Pro Se Litigants and completed an internship with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Tax Division. Elliot received his J.D. magna cum laude from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and his B.M. (Bachelor of Music) from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Mark Hess
Supervising Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Alice Hindanov
Paralegal, Tenants' Rights

Jennifer Hudson
Supervising Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Hannah Fishman
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Hannah is a Staff Attorney in NYLAG’s Tenants’ Rights Unit, where she represents low-income tenants facing eviction, unsafe living conditions, and other threats to their access to decent affordable housing. Prior to joining NYLAG, Hannah worked at the civil rights firm Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady and as a litigator at Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy. She began her legal career as a fellow at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. During law school at the University of Pennsylvania, Hannah served as director of the Penn Law Civil Rights Law Project, associate editor for the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, and national chair for the school’s chapter of the American Constitution Society. She participated in an immigration law clinic and interned for the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia and the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania. Hannah is admitted to practice in the State of New York and the Southern and Western Districts of New York. She received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and her B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Diego Gavidia
Paralegal, Tenants' Rights

Michael Paul Gdanski
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Paul represents low-income Manhattan tenants in housing court and in administrative proceedings. Prior to joining TRU, Paul worked at the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, administering the Volunteer Lawyer for a Day Program in consumer debt defense in Kings County Civil Court. Previously, Paul was a Staff Attorney in NYLAG’s Storm Response Unit, where he assisted New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy with preserving home rebuild and home repair benefits. Paul began his career in public interest law as a housing attorney at The Legal Aid Society, where he represented low-income tenants facing eviction proceedings in Queens. Paul received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, and his B.A. from Fordham University.

Caroline Gottlieb
Poverty Justice Solutions Fellow, Tenants' Rights

Caroline is a Poverty Justice Solutions fellow in the Tenants’ Rights Unit where she represents low-income Brooklyn tenants facing eviction in both housing court and administrative proceedings. Prior to joining NYLAG, Caroline was a Georgetown Law sponsored housing fellow in the Economic Justice Project at Sanctuary for Families. Caroline has interned at numerous non-profit organizations including Human Rights First, D.C. Public Defenders and Her Justice. While in law school, Caroline participated in Georgetown’s asylum clinic. Caroline received her J.D. from Georgetown Law and her B.A. from Bates College.

Elizabeth Harrington
Poverty Justice Solutions Fellow, Tenants' Rights

Elizabeth is a Poverty Justice Solutions Fellow where she represents low-income Queens tenants in both housing court and administrative proceedings. Elizabeth is returning to NYLAG after a previous internship in the Family Law Unit. Elizabeth has also interned at a number of other non-profit organizations, including the General Counsel’s Office for the Brooklyn Public Library, the Family Center, and the Center for Reproductive Rights. Prior to law school, Elizabeth worked as an AmeriCorps Legal Assistant at Legal Assistance of Western New York. Elizabeth received her J.D. from New York University School of Law and her B.A. from SUNY Geneseo.

Javeria Hashmi
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights / Mobile Legal Help Center

Javeria is a staff attorney in the Tenants’ Rights Unit (TRU) and the Mobile Legal Help Center (MLHC).  Traveling to all five boroughs, Javeria meets with potential clients and assists them with housing law issues.  She represents low-income tenants in Housing Court and administrative proceedings.  Before joining NYLAG, she was a staff attorney at CAMBA Legal Services where she provided anti-eviction legal services to tenants, including legal advice and representation in non-payment court proceedings, holdovers, and HP Actions for Repairs.  Prior to that, Javeria was a law clerk to the Hon. J. Randall Corman, J.S.C. in New Brunswick, NJ.  As a law clerk, she worked closely with pro se litigants in filing Orders to Show Cause and other emergent applications.  Javeria is a 2014 graduate of the CUNY School of Law and a cum laude graduate of Brooklyn College.

Andry Henriquez
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Andry Henriquez assists and represents low-income tenants in all aspects of housing matters, including state and administrative proceedings. Prior to joining NYLAG, Andry worked at RiseBoro Community Partnership, where he also represented low-income tenants. Andry is a 2016 St. John’s University School of Law graduate, and holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Public Policy/Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is also a graduate of the ASAFE/NYC Bar Securities, Finance Law and Business Seminar, and presided over the Tax Law Society during law school. Andry’s bi-cultural background and focus on community collaboration has led him to various volunteer and internships opportunities, including interning for the United Nations Appeals Tribunal and participating in international relief efforts in Haiti and New Orleans.

Marisa Imazu
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Marisa is a Staff Attorney in the Tenants’ Rights Unit, where she represents low-income tenants facing eviction in housing court and administrative proceedings. Before joining NYLAG, Marisa was an Agency Attorney for the City of New York where she represented the city in child abuse and neglect proceedings. Prior to that, Marisa was a law clerk to the Honorable Patricia B. Roe, J.S.C. in Ocean County Superior Court in New Jersey. Marisa received her J.D. from CUNY School of Law, where she served as the Co-Editor of the Public Interest Practitioners Section of the CUNY Law Review. Marisa received her B.A. in Economics and East Asian Studies from Connecticut College.

Simonne Isaac
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Joshua B. Kiel
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Joshua has been with the Tenants’ Rights Unit since February 2017, working on behalf of tenants in Manhattan in nonpayment and holdover proceedings, as well as HP actions and administrative hearings. Prior to joining NYLAG, Joshua worked with CAMBA Legal Services, practicing in the Staten Island Housing Court. He received his J.D. in 2015 at Fordham University School of Law, and received a B.A., magna cum laude, at Rutgers University – New Brunswick, where he majored in Political Science/History and minored in Cinema Studies.

Uriel Kucawca
Paralegal, Tenants' Rights

Randi Lee
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Randi is a staff attorney in the Tenants’ Rights Unit at NYLAG, where she represents low-income tenants facing nonpayment and holdover proceedings in Housing Court. Prior to joining the Tenants’ Rights Unit at NYLAG, Randi was a staff attorney at CAMBA, where she represented low-income tenants in Housing Court and in administrative proceedings. Prior to that, Randi was a staff attorney in the Storm Response Unit at NYLAG, where she represented homeowners and tenants facing disaster related legal issues after Superstorm Sandy. Randi graduated from Brooklyn Law School and is admitted to practice law in the State of New York. She received her Bachelor’s degree in History and Communication from the University of California, San Diego.

Jacob Malafsky
Coordinating Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Jacob is a Coordinating Attorney in NYLAG’s Tenants’ Rights Unit. He represents Manhattan tenants in housing court and administrative proceedings. Prior to joining the Tenants’ Rights Unit, Jacob was a Staff Attorney with The Legal Aid Society representing low-income tenants in Queens. Jacob is a 2014 graduate of the CUNY School of Law.

Gabriela Malespin
Paralegal, Tenants' Rights

Gabriela works with low income tenants in Brooklyn. She conducts intakes, translates for Spanish speaking clients, and works with attorneys to assist with advocacy as needed. Prior to joining NYLAG, Gabriela completed an AmeriCorps service Year in Newark, New Jersey, where she worked as a tutor and teaching assistant for middle school students. Gabriela graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in both the Program of Liberal Studies and Political Science, and specialized heavily in education policy during her time as an undergrad.

Tina O’Neale
Poverty Justice Solutions Fellow, Tenants' Rights

Tina O’Neale is an attorney and Poverty Justice Solutions Fellow at New York Legal Assistance Group, where she represents low-income tenants as a part of NYLAG’s Tenants’ Rights Unit.  Prior to joining NYLAG, Tina worked as a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson. Tina also worked as an Executive Administrator for the Foundation for Orthopedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS), where she helped to organize medical mission trips for medical professionals from around the world to perform spine surgeries in under-served areas of West Africa. Tina received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. During law school, Tina volunteered at the New York City Bar Association’s Justice Center and Legal Hotline. She also participated in Fordham Law’s Consumer Litigation Clinic and interned for NYLAG’s Consumer Protection Unit as a Pro Bono Scholar.

Khushbu Patel
Coordinating Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Khushbu is a Coordinating Attorney in the Tenants’ Rights Unit. She represents low-income tenants in Brooklyn housing court and in administrative proceedings. She also advises tenants who are referred to NYLAG by community-based organizations at Single Stop sites. Previously, she worked at NYLAG as a Poverty Justice Solutions Fellow. Khushbu received a J.D. from New York Law School where she was a Pro Bono Scholar at the City Bar Justice Center. She received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut.

Jared Riser
PiPS Brooklyn Law Fellow, Tenants' Rights

Makedah Salmond
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights & Veterans Legal Assistance Project

Makedah is a staff attorney in the Tenants’ Rights Unit and the Veterans Legal Assistance Project. Makedah represents low-income tenants facing eviction in housing court and in administrative proceedings in Manhattan and the Bronx. Additionally, Makedah assists Veterans with obtaining VA benefits, Medicaid and food stamps. Before joining NYLAG, Makedah worked at RiseBoro Community Partnership, where she represented tenants in Brooklyn housing court and in administrative proceedings. Makedah received her J.D. from CUNY School of Law, and received her B.A. magna cum laude, from The College of New Rochelle.

Joseph Schofield
Coordinating Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Joseph represents tenants facing eviction in nonpayment, holdover, and repair proceedings in Kings County Housing Court. Joseph also represents tenants in administrative proceedings before NYCHA, HPD, and DHCR. Prior to being a staff attorney, Joseph was part of the inaugural class of Poverty Justice Solutions Fellows, serving a two year fellowship in TRU. Before that, Joseph was among the first Pro Bono Scholars, spending his last semester of law school in NYLAG’s Housing Unit. In law school, Joseph interned with the Comprehensive Rights Unit of South Brooklyn Legal Services and the legal services unit of Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Joseph earned his J.D. at CUNY School of Law, his B.A. from Stony Brook University, and his A.A. from Mount San Antonio College.

Samuel Steinbock
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Angela Stovall
Paralegal, Tenants' Rights

Angela works with low-income tenants facing eviction in Queens County in nonpayment and holdover proceedings. She conducts intakes, advocates for clients who are seeking arrears grants and rent subsidies, provides written and verbal translation, as well as represents tenants in administrative proceedings. Prior to joining NYLAG, Angela worked as an assistant teacher in a special education program in Massachusetts. She received her B.A. in Anthropology and Africana Studies from Bowdoin College.

Rogelio Tec Moo
Paralegal, Tenants' Rights

Rogelio is a paralegal in the Tenant’s Rights Unit where he conducts intakes with clients seeking legal assistance with housing issues within the Manhattan area. In addition to conducting intake, he provides support for attorneys in case by case basis. Rogelio also provides translation assistance with Spanish speaking clients.  Prior to joining NYLAG, he served as a Community & Economic Development Intern at Prosperity Now in Washington, DC where he researched and analyzed racial wealth inequality at the national level.  Before that, he did extensive organizing work at his college campus in the hopes to promote the advancement of students of color. Rogelio is a graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara, where he studied Global & International Studies with a minor in English.

Conor Walline
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Conor is a Staff Attorney in the Tenants’ Rights Unit, where he represents low-income tenants facing eviction in housing court and administrative proceedings. Prior to joining NYLAG, Conor was a commercial and land use litigator at Cuddy & Feder LLP, where he began his legal career as a summer associate. During his time at Pace Law School, Conor interned at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, served on the Pace Environmental Law Review, and was a research assistant for the Land Use Law Center. Conor received his J.D. from Pace Law School, his M.S. in philosophy from the University of Utah, and his B.A. from Westminster College.

Allison Yurcik
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Allison is a Staff Attorney in NYLAG’s Tenants’ Rights Unit. She represents Manhattan tenants in housing court and administrative proceedings. Prior to joining the Tenants’ Rights Unit, Allison served as a Legal Fellow and then Volunteer Attorney in NYLAG’s LGBTQ Law Project, representing and advising LGBTQ New Yorkers on a broad range of legal issues. Allison received a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a B.A. in Mathematics from Macalester College.